Sunday, June 19, 2011

How Our Garden Grows












Our garden is coming along swimmingly! We've got a bumper crop of Romaine lettuce, our tomatoes are going crazy and our peppers are doing quite well. It has been unseasonably cool, so the eggplant isn't producing yet, but our improperly planted melons are starting to flower. Little Man will be over the moon if we have some "Xigua"--or watermelon for those of us who don't speak Mandarin-- growing in our garden this year. The only casualty thus far has been our spinach. It all died in a rather spectacular fashion! Bummer.

6 comments:

  1. Do you know anything about squash/zuchinni? Your second pic looks like my yellow squash leaves. There are lots of yellow flowers but I have yet to see any fruits. Am I being impatient? Same thing with my cucumbers. And how long do tomatoes take to ripen? Mine are still green.

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  3. Clara-- That is Canteloupe, not squash, but same family! I know NOTHING about gardening. I'm amazed that our garden looks as good as it does, actually! A quick read of the chapter on the cucumber/squash/melon family in "Gardening for Dummies" told me that these plants really like HOT weather (which we have not been having out here) and actually require insects to polinate them in order to grow. They have both male & female flowers, so you CAN do the polination yourself, if you aren't willing to leave it up to the insects. Here is a pictoral guide to hand pollinating should you want to do that: http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/gourds/msg0611545713356.html
    Tomatoes take 45 to 90 days to ripen

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  4. Wait, what? I gotta wait 3 months for my tomatoes to ripen? What good is that? No bueno.

    I read that guide to hand pollinating last night. I'm thinking that the insects visiting my garden aren't the pollinating kind, although I do see some yellow squash fruit beginning to grow. Hopefully that means it was pollinated. Who knew growing veggies was such hard work!

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  5. So I just visited my garden and saw some tiny baby cukes starting to grow. The flowers have already started to wilt so I have no idea if it got pollinated. Guess I'll just wait and see. There are a few new buds that I will try to pollinate by hand if they bloom this weekend. I did see a few brown, dried up little fruits that obviously didn't get pollinated. Those were less than 0.5 inch long. The ones growing now are about 1-1.5 inches so I'm hopeful they will grow/mature. Bella keeps asking when the cucumbers will be ready to eat.

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